Originally Posted by Raisor
I'd argue that's what they should have done last year.
If he had spit the bit at the All Star Break last year, you can send him down to AAA.
The way things worked out, we just don't know what we have in Mes. Dude could very well be awful. He could be an All Star. With the sample size he got last year we don't know. We aren't going to know what he has until he gets to play nearly every day in the bigs.
If he goes down an repeats his 2011 AAA season, we'll have no more information than we do now.
They only way to know is to play him. In the majors.
Hitting, there really isn't much difference between Hannigan and Mes.
Over 600 PA's, slightly more than 12 Runs Created. And that's with Mes not being able to get into any kind of groove at all. I think Mes, right now, can be a 800 OPS guy in the majors if given enough PA's. At the very least .750.
The only way we'll know what he can do defensively is to catch him.
We all know what Hannigan can do. We don't know what Mes can do.
Really couldn't disagree more, the objective is not to "find out what Mes can do." This isn't some stranger. The Reds have followed him and worked with him for years in the minors and last year in the majors. They are managers, coaches, scouts. I think they know the player pretty well.
The objective, rather, is to develop the player into a major league starter. My proposal is designed to do that. Be patient, let Mes succeed at AAA after a tough 2012, then give him the full major league shot.